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: a 12-year veteran with the baltimore city fire department, simmons was arrested monday. wjz has learned he had been arrested for human trafficking and prostitution back in 2010 but was never charged. >> as of this moment, he has been suspended without bay -- pay. and we will begin our preliminary investigation into this situation. >> reporter: police also seized several computers, flash drives, condoms, and sex toys, from inside the warehouse. ian knoll runs a business on the ground floor. >> i never thought for a second that anything of this type of magnitude would be taking place. not here. >> reporter: 33-year-old franklin coit, a convicted felon, is also charged with running a prostitution ring and after-hours club. he, too, was arrested for the same charges in 2010. >> reporter: we've learned that simmons has been taken to central booking. he faces a number of state charges before the federal charges. and those in themselves include human trafficking, gun charges and of course those prostitution charges. live at city police headquarters, i'm jessica kartalija, wjz eyewitness news.
in northwest baltimore city and northwest baltimore county. last night's storm knocked down trees that knocked out part of the sanitation system. people in those areas tonight are still being urged to conserve water. >> it takes a lot of time to refill those tanks, so people who start getting water in the southern part of the system, areas like pikesville, they need to refrain from using that water. >> that's kurt cokier with bpw. he expects everything will be back in order tomorrow morning. the power problems also forced several businesses to close, including lots of gas stations in maryland, people having to hit one after another gas station that were shut down. i heard of one gas station that had a 20 minute wait for gas today, 70 cars in line at one time. all day long, viewers have been sharinging incredible videos and pictures of the storm. here's a look at more of them. >> reporter: incredible lightning and scary winds lead to widespread storm damage on the streets of maryland like this one. some trees fell on homes. this homeowner was asleep when a huge tree crashed into his bedroom roo
a subaru. love wherever the road takes you. >> this is wjz-tv, wjz-hd and wjz.com, baltimore. from the city to the counties to your neighborhood, now is complete coverage. it's wjz, maryland's news station. >> small town rocked. a shooter outside of the carroll county restaurant. >> had to be a powerful weapon to do that. >> one man is dead and one is behind bars. hello, everybody. i'm denise koch. >> i'm vic carter. people are talking about tonight. >> carroll county stunned by the second murder in weeks. customers were looking on. wjz meghan mccorkell has new developments in the investigation. >> reporter: state police say the shooter is in custody. accused of opening fire in a crowd of a dozen people outside of a popular lounge. a typical friday night and customers go in and out of the harvest inn family restaurant. friday morning, a crime scene. >> we never have anything like this happen. >> reporter: just after midnight, police say jacob opened fire killing 36-year-old gary and injuring gary hale. one bullet went through the next door. >> went through the house. >> reporter: he was dri
. >>> right now, more than 53,000 customers in baltimore county are still without power. baltimore city, anne arundel county, and howard county are also struggling. in total, more than 147,000 bge customers in maryland are still out. for more details on the power restoration progress, vic carter is live with bge spokesman rob gould. >> rob, thanks again for joining us. you said you have the bulk of the people back online. but it's still going to take a while. >> yes. we have 80% or more restored. but it's really that 147,000 figure that we're ficked on now. and of course, -- fixed on now. and of course, if you're without power, you don't care how many are restored. you want to be restored. for all of these images we're showing you, it's just going to take sometime. >> what is the biggest challenge facing you at this time? >> trees, trees and more trees. this storm is as bad if not worse than a hurricane. and hurricane irene, what we saw there is pretty bad. this is real bad. we have trees all over the place, in places you wouldn't expect to see them having come down. and that's really posing
. it is trees on top of electrical wires that still dot the landscape in baltimore county, baltimore city, and several other maryland counties. 3,000 workers from bge and other states are going to hard- hit neighborhoods, trying to repair the damage and get the lights back on. sky eye chopper 13 is over crews in parkville, where you can see damage to at least one home there. wjz is live with first warning weather coverage. we'll check in with captain jeff long in sky eye chopper 13. but first, mike hellgren is in baltimore county, with updated information on repairs. mike? >> reporter: mary, unfortunately, this scene, this long after the storm, is still what it looks like in many neighborhoods. a lot of big, downed trees. you can see what the lightning and wind did to this one. this is one of those neighborhoods that is still without power. the governor says he are entering a very dangerous phase right now, because so many people have been without electricity for so long. about 150,000 bge customers are now out. and that's about 150,000 too many. >> reporter: this is new, amateur video, s
as the medical examiner completes more autopsies. seven of those who died live in baltimore city, three in baltimore county, and most of them were elderly men. >> reporter: the heat wave is history. fueling storms that left hundreds of thousands without power. and killing a stunning 18 people in maryland. >> the humidity is up. but the temperature is down. >> reporter: way down. but before the record heat left, it buckled pavement, including part of u.s. 50. and buckled train tracks. it even left this u.s. airways jet stuck, sunk into soft pavement. >> pure hell. really. it has been awful. >> reporter: tell me about today. >> it's heaven. i love it. i love it. >> we can walk up to the snowball stand today. >> i turned off my air conditioner. save on that electric bill. >> reporter: but with the cool front came storms that knocked out another 15,000 bge customers. >> i heard that big bang. transformer blew. wire fell down. >> reporter: the utility restored most of them. bge has three weeks to issue a full report to the public service commission on the main outages last week. that commiss
. most of the outages were in baltimore city and baltimore county. >> reporter: finally, relief from the heat, after more than a week of sweltering temperatures that killed at least 13 people in maryland and more than 45 nationwide. it buckled train tracks and roads. even softened pavement enough to get this jet stuck. >> does she wear glasses or contacts? >> and there could be more deaths, as final numbers are tallied and official reports are coming in from the medical examiner. the hot air fueled storms that left more than 7,000 people without power last week. and more storms last night, knocked out power again to hundreds after bge just finished restoration efforts. the utility will file a report with the public service commission, which regulates it, within three weeks about their response. and the psc will hold hearings over whether it was appropriate. many won't soon forget those stifling temperatures. >> i'm really glad that there's air conditioning. >> a lot of people are sick of it. >> it is for now. but summer is only just beginning. >> reporter: construction work continues
of his car, skidded out of control and died. police say speeding is to blame. >>> grading baltimore city schools. new numbers show a slight improvement in education. but there is still a long way to go. wjz is live. rochelle ritchie is at city school headquarters in east baltimore with the results. rochelle? >> reporter: well, denise, the results are mixed and show the challenges ahead. >> reporter: superintendent dr. andres alonzo reveals the results for the 2012 assessment test. the results not wad but -- not bad but not good. >> reporter: the numbers matter. and they matter tremendously. >> reporter: baltimore city school's numbers remain fairly dorm ant to last year. math scores in grades 3 through 8 are up two percentage points in 2011, where 62% of students scored a proficient or advanced. this year, an increase of just 63%. >> summer school last year was all about math. because we knew that math was the subject that we needed to make the progress. >> reporter: focusing solely on math. the scores for reading was decreased nearly 2% from 69% to just under 68%. >> for new entrants in
encouraging women to set fitness goals and achieve them. 30-year-old kaitlyn of baltimore city math teacher was one of 10,000 submissions, her plan inspired fourth and fifth grade girls at edge wood elementary to run a mile. >> we would work out every day, monday through friday for about 45 minutes. in the end, they were able to accomplish their goal of running a mile and it was awesome. >> reporter: for ten weeks, kaitlyn tracked her progress online, vying for the chance to be one of the new faces of underarmor as one of their inspirational women and it works. >> you brought a whole new light to what underarmor is about and we're just really excited to have you have. >> reporter: under armour said it stood out the entire time. it was her selflessness that really made her shine. under armour sponsorship deal including training and gear. >> they get to work better in class and it was good for the overall kids. >> this is so good. >> reporter: under armour said the entire campaign was such a success, they plan to launch a similar one this fall. in baltimore city, i'm jessica kartalija, wjz ey
. >>> had is wjztv and wjz.com. baltimore. >> from the cities, the countys to your neighborhood. now, it is complete coverage. it is wjz. maryland's news station. >>> getting bigger. a sinkhole downtown widens. >> how it is effecting businesses and residences. >> i am jessica kartalija. >> i am don scott. >> here is what people are talking . >> it could take nine days to stabilize that sinkhole that is effecting businesses and homes on east monument street. we break down the growing problem and what is done to fix it? good afternoon, mike. >> reporter: good afternoon, jessica. adafternoon, everybody. it looks significantly different. there is more heavy equipment here. some of the damage is so bad people could temporarily lose water. a big sinkhole is getting bigger. it opened last week shutting down monument street near john hopkins hospital. the cause is a cult vet that collapsed. public works officials are concerned that sanitation collection lines may have been compromised. water was suspended to some buildings in the block of east monument street. >> this is the aging infra
an update on that major sinkhole in baltimore city. that's really going to cause a lot of extra congestion. as you can see, east monument, six blocks north of patterson park. it is closed between patterson park boulevard and monford. to get around that. your alternates would be madison and even mcelderly. as far as the rest of the region goes, if you are traveling 95 in the northbound direction, heavy there from 395 to the 895 split. traffic does slow down again. as you approach the beltway, well past whitemarsh boulevard. traveling on the north side inner loop, to harford road. the west side inner loop, that's been a pretty steady delay this afternoon. 20 minutes there from southwestern boulevard around to security boulevard. traveling the harrisburg expressway, slowing there. in the southbound direction, things slow down to timonium road to the beltway. as far as accidents go, eastern avenue, at simmons. wilkens street. also east pratt at charles. >>> let's take a live look. you can see, traffic is crawling along there. approaching potee street. this traffic report is brought to you by t
. >>> stunning allegations against the baltimore city firefighter. police say 29-year-old jamar simmons was running an online prostitution ring and illegal after-hours club. a second man is also charged in the case. simmons worked for the city fire department since 2000. wjz is gathering more information. we'll have a live report coming up at 5:00 and 6:00. >>> sounds like a terror plot from a movie. using remote-controlled planes, packed with explosives to blow up buildings. now a plea deal in the case. andrea fujii is following the story from the newsroom. >> reporter: resjuan ferduss is expected to plead guilty to two charges in federal court. he was arrested in september after undercover agents, posing as al qaeda members, gave him 24 pounds of fake c4, a powerful explosive. prosecutors allege he was going to pack remote-controlled airplanes with the c-4 and bomb the pentagon and u.s. capital. under the plea agreement, fairduss will spend 17 years in prison. >> defense attorneys say fairduss has a history of mental illness. >>> crews are getting to work replacing an aging water main
is being transformed for an international soccer match. >>> baltimore city neighborhood. from city blight to city bright. i'm pat warren, coming up on eyewitness news. the legacy of william donald schaefer. >> it's definitely a hit to my dignity. >>> i'm adam may. the growing calls to raise minimum wage. that's coming up. >>> watching for storms. what's in store for the rest of the week? don't miss the updated first warning forecast with bob. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> it is overcast with storms in the region and 89 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. there are growing calls across the country and right here in maryland to raise the minimum wage. today, struggling families take on politicians, deadlocked in how to fix the economy. adam may has more on the impact and the debate. hi, adam. >> hi, kai. yeah, over the last few years, politicians have been at odds over how to fix the economy. and meanwhile, the working class has become the working poor. >> reporter: baltimore packed city hall. brses bruce gross recently lost his constr
are being becoming the working poor. >> reporter: baltimore city hall, packed with people demanding raise in minimum wage. bruce gross recently lost his construction job. now he's raising his twin boys and daughter on $7.25 an hour. >> i can't even raise my kids or my family on that type of money. i have to go through months of deciding whether to pay bills or get food. >> reporter: current minimum wage is $7.25. part of rebuild america act, which calls for infrastucture to create new jobs. partially paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthiest americans. >> we're struggling to get to the middle. and i feel like they should be thinking, oh, how can we help? >> reporter: there's no question, middle class families are falling behind. their salaries have increased 35% in the last foury decade -- four decades, while the wealthiest has seen a 278% increase. >> it is absolutely destroying the very health of our democracy. >> cindy walsh is an activist. >> we will continue to see if if this if we do not put our foot down to the idea of free market and globalization being the answer to domestic
-coverage or visit travelers.com. this is wjz-tv, wjz-hd and wjz.com, baltimore. from the city to the counties to your neighborhood, now is complete coverage. it's wjz, maryland's news station. >> new clues in colorado. the fbi breaks for the booby traps of the apartment. tonight, what's inside and what we are learning about the victims. many developments tonight. james holmes is accused of gunning down a dozen people and injuries 50 others at a midnight showing of batman. tonight, police move in to the bomb-filled apartment. let's begin with teresa garcia from aurora, colorado, with the latest. >> reporter: bomb crews safely disarmed the bombs. >> this was designed to kill whoever entered it. >> reporter: police say the suspect's front door was fitted with a trip wire. nearby, at least 30 shells described as fireworks the size of golf balls. a bomb was disabled inside. investigators collected evidence outside of the apartment. investigators are said to have a surveillance video of holmes picking up 160 pounds of ammunition. he spent $15,000 on his guns and ammunition. james holmes is in solit
- related deaths. >> reporter: already, maryland has seen four deaths from the heat. two from baltimore city, one in montgomery county, another in wicomico county. doctors say those at risk have underlying health problems. >> they do worse with the heat. and they do worse with every day of the heat. you can see increasing problems and increasing deaths as the heat wave goes on. >> reporter: but it's so hot, even healthy adults are in trouble. >> i've gotten dizzy. so i decided to carry an umbrella today. because the heat just pounds on you. and it's excruciating. >> i got business, i take care of it in the morning. so when it's starting to get real hot, i'm heading towards home. >> i'm not young myself. so it's pretty hard on all of us. >> reporter: howard monet already opens his air- conditioned home to friends and family. and with power still out for tens of thousands, health officials are hoping others will do the same and keep the sun from taking lives. >> hospital emergency rooms also feeling the heat. many have noticed an uptick in the number of people over the age of 65, who are comin
in maryland, ball -- baltimore city recording more than any other jurisdiction. >> day after day after day of high heat, the most as vulnerable of us in the community are even more as vulnerable, so that includes the elderly folks with underlying heart conditions. it's critical for them to be in cool spaces where they can stay hydrated. >> hydration is the key to survival for anyone working out doors. >> you can fry an egg on the roof. >> roofs can reach temperatures of 180, part of why roofers alter their schedules. >> start early in the morning, try to get off by 2:00, before the heat really sets in, drink a lot of water and gator raid. >> the higher you go, the hotter it is. for teams of which which i amny repairmen, that mean take frequent breaks. >> we take turns. it helps out a lot. >> it's the kind of heat that has some carrying umbrellas for shade and others coping any way they can. >> i get a slurpie. that's the only way i survive. >> reporter: so you're looking live, all these kids inside the pool. they've got the right idea right now. of course, it is a scorcher. city pool is go
were allowed back to their homes and businesses according to baltimore city fire there were no injuries no property was damaged. >> thank you. >>> hear from business owners and residents all new at 5 and 6:00 p.m. >>> maryland man police say was planning a deadly work place attack could be held for a week before he is charged. adam may is live with more on neil prescott. >> the 28-year-old is being held involuntarily under going a psychiatric evaluation he was taken into custody friday after miscot threatened to shoot up the business. police found more than two dozen weapons inside his apartment along with thousands of rounds of ammunition they believe he was upset because he was recently let go from his job. >> thank you under law prescott can be held up to a week before charges are filed. >>> the search continues for the man who abducted vi ripken at gun point this man, kidnapped her from inside her garage last week. ripken was tied up, put into the backseat of her own car and driven around baltimore and hartford county she was not physically hurt but anybody with information, are ask
there. also we just got off the phone with adrian barnes. she is with baltimore city's department of transportation. she is putting out an urgent transportation alert to people that are downtown baltimore right now. she is telling them if you're downtown in this general area it is best to try and stay downtown for the time being. they're trying to ease up some of this traffic gridlock that we've been seeing here from sky high chopper 13. if you do have to leave downtown, try using the south side or some of the tunnels to get out of downtown. if you have to leave downtown and go north, go north and try to avoid light streets. these water main breaks they have been a huge problem in baltimore over the last decade or so. there have been a number of them. there are some real amazing estimates of how much money it would cost to fix these problems. hundreds of millions of the dollars in baltimore alone to fix this infrastructure. until that funding comes through, we're going to see many of these. the water main is still broken. it is a 20-inch main. back to you. >> thank you. stay with
that in baltimore city. and in an run dell 54 54,000 people remain in the dark. >>> now to bernadette woods. a lot going on. >> first we're going to start out with friday night's storms, this is still the big story of why we had these power outages. we had this line of thunderstorms come through. that whole line taking everybody down with it. we saw wind gusts over 70 miles per hour. we were talking about yesterday. that's equivalent to hurricane force wind gusts. you see it made its way to the eastern shore and eventually out to sea. behind it, a look at doppler radar and show you that what we have going on. here's a look at that storm. off to the northwest this is really building into a big complex and it's going to continue tracking to the east- northeast. this is still hours away. we could see these storms moving our direction. and so far they have had the history of being severe. now with all the power outages the other major issue is the heat. temperatures for the fifth day in a row in the 90s and they are up there in the 90s. during the day the dewpoints come down a little bit but it's sti
. >>> today's other story a heatadvisory in effect for baltimore city after a small break temperatures are back in the 90s with high humidity that pool looks like the perfect place to be. people who work outside must take precautions and drink plenty of fluids and here is a live lookout side, still hazy and hot let's go right to bernadette woods tracking temperature mrs. the first warning weather center. >>> -- temperatures in the first warning weather center. >>> first warning doppler radar similar to yesterday, just scattered about and really starting to develop these are drifting from the northwest, down to the southeast. we are going to see more as we head through the afternoon. thunderstorms building up and southwest of that, a thunderstorm, that will drift towards gaithersburg a few more on the east earn shore. this is just a small portion but the heat will continue and could expand over the next couple days. 94 degrees baltimore right now, the one spot, 77 in the mountains the dew point is high throughout the entire metro area, we are at least in the 90s except just along the wa
floor and spread to the roof. the fire has been ruled accidental. >>> the baltimore city fire department is changing its social media guidelines. alex demetrick from the newsroom, with what is bringing about the change. alex. >> according to our media department, the baltimore sun, they are taking a second look at its rules on social media. fire department says they may soon change their rules on comments. this comes after some firefighters wrote inappropriate, insensitive, or inaccurate information on websites like twitter. some firefighters say policies could hinder their constitutional rights to free speech. the city's police force is also reportedly working on its policy as well. mary? >> sounds like complaints posted on twitter include the city's decision to close three fire companies for budgetary reasons. and the approval of a raise for baltimore's fire chief. >> nationwide outrage. a report finds that top school officials at penn state, including legendary coach joe paterno, covered up child sex abuse by jerry sandusky. joe paterno's family is file fighting back. >> we are here t
are trying to fathom why anyone would kill him. and baltimore city police are on the lookout for the shooter. >> baltimore city police are investigating the shooting death of 23-year-old brandon sproal, a former basketball player at walbrook high school. monday night, around 10:30, brandon was hanging out on the corner of baker and mcking, with two other people, when he was robbed of his belongings and his life. >> when they were approached by two black males, one armed with a gun. >> police say sproal was ordered to his knees and then told to pus his hands behind his head. that's when he was shot. the other two victims got away. >> they found a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. >> reporter: brandon died on the scene. the news hitting his former basketball coach like a ton of bricks. >> breaks my heart completely. >> reporter: brandon and his older brother rodney played and led the team to two championships back in 2005 and 2006. bridgers describes brandon as a tenacious player with a quiet spirit. >> this kid has had a job since he was in high school. always ear
,000 in baltimore city. in ann arundel county about 41,000 customers. all 230,000 are still waiting on crews to restore their power. some of the best views are from sky chopper 13. captain long, what do you see out there? >> reporter: what we're looking at here just south of towson is a sizable tree that's fallen and not been removed. we saw a couple cars driving down the road. even though there's been some good damage and tangled phone lines the traffic is getting by. it's typical of what we've been seeing. most of the clean up is well underway. roads are looking good. we went all the way down to ann arundel county. reporting live, i'm cam tin -- captain jeff long. >>> tim williams and bernadette woods have a lot more. were going to start with bernadette. >> good afternoon. we're going to start out with that loop from the storms that made their way through. this is a very strong line of thunderstorms, as we all well know. wind gusts over 70 miles per hour. that's equivalent to hurricane force winds. as it continued to the eastern shore, still a lot of problems, but it weakened as it headed
? the baltimore city fire department wants new guidelines on what they can post on social media. wjz is live downtown. mike hellgren takes us behind the controversy. mike? >> reporter: mary, the department says this is not about silencing its critics. and wjz has learned union leaders will meet with department officials early next week to hash it all out. >> reporter: the latest heated battle in baltimore's fire department is over twitter. and what firetbieters can and can't post on -- firefighters can and can't post on twitter. it includes controversy over the chief's pay raise when fire companies are closing. one tweet read, save yourself. there are no medics. but you can call the mayor on her video phone. another questions how can the chief and mayor spat in your face. they say the new guidelines are notsz to re -- not to repress free speech. >> simply to establish concise guidelines and boundaries for which our members can communicate concerns. but it must be done, you know, decently and orderly. >> reporter: still, the firefighters union is troubled enough that they're meeting with lawy
. baltimore city reporting more than any other jurisdiction. >> the danger is with day after day after day of high heat, the most vulnerable of us in the community are even more vulnerable, so that includes the elerly folks with underlying health conditions and it's critical for them to be in cool spaces to stay hydrated. >> reporter: hydration is the key for survival for anyone working outdoors. roofers baking in the sun up to 103 degrees, part of the reason why they alternate their schedules. >> start in the morning. drink a lot of water and gatorade. >> reporter: the higher you go, the hotter it is. >> we take turns, go back and forth. he comes down, gets in the shade for a bit and then i go back up and take turns. it helps out a lot. >> reporter: it's the kind of heat having some carrying umbrellas for shade and others whatever they can. >> i get a slurpee until it cools down. that's it. >> reporter: so many people with their air conditioners right now that it actually becomes a drain on the power. b.g.e. have a peak rewards program that could have their air conditioners cycled on and
. >>> a frightening problem on a major baltimore street. a growing sinkhole. hits another problem for the city's old infrastructure. wjz is live right now. mike hellgren takes a closer look at the solutions to this growing problem. mike? >> reporter: vic, it's going to take sometime before this street gets back to normal. normally, it would be filled with cars, but it's just a mess right now. and they brought in heavy equipment to try to fix the hole. >> reporter: from sky eye chopper 13, you can see how much the monument street sinkhole has expanded. on the left is what it looks like now. on the right is just after it opens last week. it's still not stable. so dangerous, crews can't imagine the exact size. >> it's quite a challenge for us to come up with a design. especially with the roadway. >> reporter: the sink hole is just blocks from johns hopkins hospital. this busy part of monument street between bradford and east monford streets will be closed for weeks. >> reporter: dpw brought in ground-penetrating radar to test other areas around the sinkhole and found no problem. but for many, it's stil
report extreme heat contributed to the deaths of 23 people in maryland, baltimore city reporting more than any other jurisdiction. >> almost everyone of those heat related deaths have been people ages 65 and older, which is why health officials says the so important to check on elderly family members and neighbors. >> when we are over heated, our hearts have to work harder, our lungs have to work harder, and it is harder to catch up, and get to your normal baseline when we have extended days of heat. >> reporter: it is also a cruel summer for road crews working with hot asphalt. >> feels like you are in an oven coming from the top and bottom. >> reporter: they know the worst will be yet to come. >> a lot of hot days lately probably more to come, come august. >> reporter: that is for sure. it is going to get worse likely, later on this summer. local hospitals, report a spike in emergency room visits every time, the temperatures climb like this, so these guys back here in the pool have the right idea back to you in studio. >> you have earned an opportunity to get wet yourself cool off.
for water to buckle one of baltimore's busiest city streets. sky eye chopper 13 is over the water main break downtown where crews are continuing to make repairs this noon. wjz is live with complete coverage. captain jeff long is in sky eye chopper 13. let's check in with michael shu who's on the ground with more on these repairs. good afternoon. >>reporter: good afternoon. this is the close we've been able to get to. there is the hole. it is enormous. an alfe bet soup of agencies and hired help have determined how tightly woven is the underground utilities underneath this asphalt. it turns out the job is going to be lengthy, costly and huge. before dawn a wounded city lay exposed under harsh lights. if at rush hour monday you looked down at our modern world, you'd see the path and it's haunting us. it's likely, the city says, benjamin harrison was president when the now broken pipe was laid underground. >> this main laid probably 1890. >>reporter: the blanket of asphalt lies creased and folded, deep inside this hole, even bigger holes and voids, a cave formed underground from curb to curb.
. >> reporter: like the fire department, baltimore city police are also working on a social media policy. they say no specific problems issue are behind that push. >> and both the police and fire departments are looking at what department negligence are the cities have done. as well as professional organizations to develop their new guidelines. reporting live downtown, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> all right. thank you, mike. the department has no official deadline to put the social media policies into effect. >>> maryland firefighters rescue a dozen people. take a look at the scene. 17 people were trapped by the flame. and quickly rescued by firefighters. eventuallily, the fire went to three alarms. no one was injured. the fire caused $1.5 million in damage. >>> a new law trying to catch up to technology and the danger it poses on the road. maryland, it's now illegal to text while driving. alex demetrick reports, police are starting to enforce it. >> it's day one for a new patrol in anne arundel county. in a half dozen marked and unmarked units. the new target? >> trying to fin
. the grand prix will take over baltimore city streets dependence just in time for lay bob day weekend -- city streets again just in time for the labor day weekend. >> they'll start construction on the track tonight. and the general manager of the grand prix said they took the necessary steps to make sure business and traffic are not negatively affected. after making a few changes in planners, the grand prib is back. >> it was a great success from the spectators perspective. but as a business it failed. >> reporter: this year they're doing things differently. construction on the track will start in the evening and be built in sections for less impact on drivers and instead of ending the race at 9:00 p.m. the race will end at 6:30 p.m. a plus for businesses. >> that's right around dinner time so we are all hopeful that this year it'll have a greater impact, positive impact on our business. >> everything is on schedule. we're quite happy with the way things are going. >> reporter: the grand prix will feature lots of drivers like joseph newgarden. >> half of the track is really bumpy and half is
circle. we have an overturned tractor- trailer we're dealing with in that area. as far as baltimore city goes, we have the issue concerning the water main break causing a problem. east lombard, the two right lanes are blocked. and as mike had mentioned earlier, still closed between wolf street and patterson park. the best way to take that around would be orleans street and madison. not a bad drive at all. there's a look at 895 at potee street. we're taking a look there. right there, as you are connected to the beltway. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-the firm or these them online for a free consultation. back to you. >> kristy, thank you. >>> still ahead at 4:00, on eyewitness news. the nittany lions, back on the field at penn state. can the negativity of the sex scandal ever go away. >>> why firefighters are having such trouble getting them under control. >>> let's be thankful for another day under 90 degrees. meteorologist bernadette woods is updating your first warning forecast. at sleep n
-tv, wjz-hd and wjz.com, baltimore. from the city to the counties to your neighborhood, now is complete coverage. it's wjz, maryland's news station. >>> 4:28. 98 degrees, mostly sunny. i'm vic carter. >> i'm denise koch. here's what's people are talking about. >> getting help from the organization to keep them safe from the summer olympics. reporting live from france. >> reporter: there will be unprecedented security when the olympics get under way in london and the international criminal police organization interpol will be keeping an eye out for trouble. >> the biggest threat people face is the possibility that there's some unknown trained terrorist. >> reporter: in france, the organization gathers intelligence for 190 countries and then police departments worldwide rely on interpol's database, fingerprints, and most wanted people. we were given a firsthand look at the situation room inside the headquarters. these people are on the terror suspect across borders and keeping track of lost passports, making sure they haven't fallen into the wrong hands. the staff monitors around the worl
for the city. a few years ago we did a special report on the aging infrastructure in baltimore. you have to remember a lot of these pipelines are very old. they've been dealing with these problems off and on for a number of years. estimates to repair these problems so you don't run into this run into hundreds of millions of the dollars. there's been debates on how to fund these projects. in the meantime with a lack of funding you're just going to see more and more of these problems that's what the experts are predicting. mary that's the latest we have now back to you. >> i think all of us have been paying more attention to it because our water bills just went up. yes they did. >> last week knowing that the infrastructure needs to be repaired. when they finally do get to the scene, when they shut the water off a lot of times they have to dig right there, open the street up and get to work on those pipes. >> and mary you know they just announced here about a week ago the city was launching a new initiative where they were sending in specialized equipment into some of these water mains that
in baltimore. 75 in oakland. 78 in ocean city. and we'll take you in a little closer and show you, most of you in the low to mid-80s. take a look to our west. because once again, that's the heat that really hasn't gone anywhere. we're going to tap into it, drawing it our way and starting tomorrow, we do have a heat advisory that goes into effect, starting at noon, it will continue until 8:00. those temperatures are going to start jumping pretty quickly. mary? >> thank you, bernadette. let's check in on our roads right now. here's kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> hi, everyone. a couple of problem spop spots spot on 91. also in the northbound direction, a bit of slowing there, from caton avenue to the fort mchenry tunnel. we also have slowing 895, potee street to the harbor tunnel. as far as the beltway goes, the north side inner loop, stop and go there, from charles street to dulaney valley road. west side inner loop, delay there, 15 minutes to liberty. and we have an accident we're watching, york road at mccann avenue. involving a motorcycle. also a few problems in the city. all lanes
a a couple of severe thunderstorms warnings. we will show you immediately in baltimore right now we do have a thunderstorms making its way across the city in southern parts of the county. that's the one you're seeing right now making its way through townsen. out west there's more thunderstorms and all of those are moving off to the east so they're scattered about. at this point all of the criteria putting down a lot of rain and much needed rain. temperature wise we're up there. 93degrees right now in baltimore. temperatures are all over the place because of the thunderstorms coming through. but we did manage a high of 95 degrees above average and we're going to stay way above average for the next few days around here. look at this heat out there and that's what's moving in our direction. so today mid-90s, tomorrow once again mid-90s and upper 90s for the middle of the week. tomorrow another storm is going to pop up after this one dies down. a little low on tuesday. still a chance for a shower, thunderstorms. and wednesday increasing those rain chances once again. some thunderstorms will s
parts of the state. we are already at 76 in baltimore, some 60s in the mountains, 77 ocean city this morning. everyone on this map at least in the 70s as we head through the afternoon we're going to up 93. chance for a couple of showers or thunderstorms through the day. we'll have that forecast coming up. >>> here's what people are talking about this morning. a maryland man calling himself a joker is found with an arsenal of weapons after police say he threatened to shoot up his workplace. wjz has complete coverage of this threat. jessica kartalija talks with the stunned neighbors but first we have meghan mccorkell. >> early friday morning the swat team gathered outside this crofton apartment complex. >> police found an ors nel of weapons -- an arsenal of weapons. >> we take all threats seriously. if you're going to make a threat we will take action. . >> police say prescott made threatening phone calls to his boss. the bat man threat sets off police. >> police came here to prescott's apartment. he answered the door in a disturbing t-shirt. >> the individual was wearing a t-shir
the breaking news we first brought you last hour from northeast baltimore. captain jeff long is in sky chopper 13 above it with more for us, captain jeff. >> hartford road remains closed in both directions here at clear view avenue just outside of city limits. we have two work trucks here and then just to the north of them on hartford road a seriously damaged silver sedan. a driver of this sedan was put into an ambulance. we believe they are in ran ambulance that's still on the scene. a lot of bystanders here, there's a fifth vehicle. we're not sure this taxi is parked in a strange angle it's been here the whole time. we'll keep watching this. i'm captain jeff long, back to you. >> it is a bad accident, captain jeff. thank you. >>> the man accused of killing 12 people in a colorado movie theater is back in court. family members and victims looked on. edward lawrence has the latest for wjz from the courthouse. >> reporter: james holmes stared straight ahead as prosecutors charged him. >> 24 counts of murder in the first degree, 116 counts of criminal attempt to commit murder. >> reporter: the c
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